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Politics
1:46 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Excluded From Senate Debate, How Would The Libertarian Have Answered?

(Courtesy: Jonathan Dine)

On Thursday night, the two Missouri senate candidates from the two major parties shook hands in front of a crowd of hundreds of potential voters. Meanwhile, the Libertarian candidate listened to the debate on the radio as he drove back to Kansas City for work in the morning.

Jonathan Dine was not invited to the debate, but drove to St. Louis anyway to meet with members of the media. On St. Louis on the Air on Wednesday, Dine expressed his frustration over being excluded from the debate.

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Senate Debate
11:54 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

McCaskill And Akin Square Off In Final Debate

(Akin: UPI Bill Greenblatt/McCaskill: Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin squared off in their final debate of the campaign last night. Those hoping for a slugfest were probably disappointed.


In fact, Akin’s previous “legitimate rape” comment largely went ignored, and the two candidates didn’t cover much new ground.


They mostly stuck to the talking points they’ve used on the campaign trail – McCaskill portrayed herself as a moderate.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

A Conversation With Illinois 12th Congressional Candidate Paula Bradshaw

Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw
(Provided By: Paula Bradshaw)
  • Interview with Paula Bradshaw

Host Don Marsh talks with Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse from Carbondale.  Bradshaw is the Green Party candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Paula Bradshaw against Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat Bill Enyart.  One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates is this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

St. Louis on the Air
3:18 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Higgins

Missouri Gubernatorial candidate Jim Higgins
(Provided By: Jim Higgins)
  • Interview with Jim Higgins

Host Don Marsh talks with Jim Higgins, a computer systems analyst from Creve Coeur.  Higgins is the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Governor.  He faces incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Dave Spence.

Programming Note: Republican Dave Spence will be a guest on “St. Louis on the Air” on Monday, October 29. Governor Jay Nixon has not yet confirmed a date.

Politics
2:45 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Ill. Voters File Lawsuit Challenging Retirement Benefits Ballot Question

A ballot question in Illinois regarding retirement benefits for public employees has been challenged with a lawsuit.
(via Flickr/aperte)

A group of voters is challenging the validity of a measure on this fall's ballot that would make it more difficult to improve retirement benefits for public employees.

In a statement Thursday, Republican state Senate candidate John Bambenek, of Champaign, said he and 10 other Illinois residents filed a lawsuit arguing the question is unconstitutional.

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Politically Speaking
1:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

This Week's Politically Speaking Podcast

St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum from the St. Louis Beacon to discuss a few political issues. 

On today’s podcast: We have to start off with an Akin/McCaskill update. We give a glimpse into that race, as well as Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine's exclusion from the Senate debate. We then give some attention some often overlooked races, like the Lietenant Governor and Attorney General race.

One of the campaign ads we discuss is this new video from Democratic candidate Susan Montee:

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Politics
6:05 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Jason Kander Says Secretery Of State Can Do More For Missouri

Democratic Rep. Jason Kander on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives on Jan. 27, 2011.
Tim Bommel House Communications Office

Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Jason Kander is rolling out his plan to make the office more helpful for Missouri entrepreneurs.

Kander is a State Representative from Jackson County.  If elected he says he would reform the Business Services Division to connect aspiring business owners with local non-profits and state programs designed to help entrepreneurs.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Libertarian Dine Upset With His Exclusion From Mo. Senate Debate

(Courtesy: Jonathan Dine)

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill and Republican Congressman Todd Akin will debate each other at Clayton High School Thursday night.

Noticeably absent, however, is the Libertarian candidate that could influence the outcome of the Senate race: Jonathan Dine.

According to a recent poll, Dine is garnering about 9 percent of the vote, which is rather uncommon for a third party candidate in the United States.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:04 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

New Citizens As First Time Voters

Citizenship Ceremony in St. Louis
International Institute of St. Louis / Wayne Crosslin
  • Interview with Anita Baker and Elina Fernandez

Some of America’s newest voters in November will be people who were not born in this country but are newly naturalized citizens.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests from the International Institute of St. Louis about the path to citizenship and with former students about the process.

Guests include:

  • Anita Barker, Vice-President and Director of Education at the International Institute of St. Louis
  • Elina Fernandez, naturalized citizen and former student at the International Institute
St. Louis on the Air
1:58 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

A Conversation With Mo. Attorney General Candidate Dave Browning

The typical badge of a vote cast, the "I Voted" sticker.
(via Flickr/ Daniel Morrison)
  • Interview with Dave Browning

Host Don Marsh talks with the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Attorney General Dave Browning.

Dave Browning said incumbent Chris Koster has done a decent job “but is an unrepentant liberal.”  He said Republican challenger Ed Martin doesn’t know what he’s doing.  “I think the voters of Missouri need to have a chance to vote for someone who is conservative but not insane,” said Browning.

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